Sophocles once noted, â€œThere is no success without hardship.â€Â This quote exemplifies Hell Razahâ€™s experiences in 2010. Just as the former Sunz Of Man member was gearing up to release his new album Heaven Razah in April, he suffered a brain aneurysm that left him in a coma.Â It was a major scare but the good news came soon after that Razah would be making a full recovery.Â With his condition steadily improving, Razah & Nature Sounds made the decision to now unleash the sequel to his critically acclaimed Renaissance Child in September. Â With Heaven Razah, the longtime Wu-Tang affiliate has overcome extreme obstacles to reach a triumphant return.
On this album, Hell Razah delivers one of the most impressive lyrical performances in his career. But one thing is for sure… this is not for the uninitiated.Â â€œWord is this album is too deep for them,â€ says Razah on â€œMedical Kush.â€ Thatâ€™s an accurate statement as he isÂ far from concerned with being catchy & accessible. Razah is strictly focused on substance and it will take a couple spins for evenÂ the mostÂ ardent Hell Razah fans catch everything heâ€™s saying. There’s a lot to absorb as RazahÂ broadcasts his thoughts, theories & reflections.
â€œCinematicâ€ is the album highlight as Razah displays his storytelling ability while weaving in blaxploitation film references over a soulful 4th Disciple beat.Â Â â€œKids In The Streetâ€ sees Ayatollah provide an ominous backdrop for Razahâ€˜s cautionary tale,“I know shorty you feel alone like Macaulay Culkin / That you won’t make it to see 40 before you see a coffin / But donâ€™t rush to sell your soul for that fame and fortune / if it ainâ€™t no bigger portrait than it ainâ€™t important.â€ Razah is not alone with the superb rhymesÂ thoughÂ as R.A. The Rugged Man makes a show stealing appearance on the jazzy “Return Of The Renaissance.”
The productionÂ throughout the LP suits Razah very well. The albumÂ progressesÂ andÂ flows in a way that sonically matches the message in the lyrics.Â Dev 1 provides a darker tone for the intro & â€œNegro Angelitosâ€ that directs your attention towards Razahâ€™s every word. The middle of the albumÂ then transitions intoÂ a more upbeat sound with hard hitting production. As the project nears its end, Hell Razahâ€™s introspective offerings like â€œDear Godâ€ and the Havoc produced â€œArmageddonâ€ close on a more solemn note.
Heaven Razah truly marks Chron Smithâ€™s success after hardship.Â This might be one of those albums thatâ€™s not truly appreciated until years later.Â For those unfamiliar with his work, this is definitely not the place to start. To fully grasp this LP, you have to understand Hell Razahâ€™s career journey.Â But once you get it and absorb all this project has to offer, youâ€™ll recognize the potency of this album.
Return Of The Renaissance feat R.A. The Rugged Man
Book Of Heaven Razah